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Global Issues 2017





Amb. Johnny Young

Amb. Johnny Young

After a Foreign Service career that spanned nearly 38 years, Amb. Johnny Young retired with the rank of Career Ambassador in December, 2004. After his retirement he served from August 2007 to February 2015 as Executive Director of Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as a consultant, contractor and lecturer.

During his Foreign Service career, †Amb. Young served in positions of increasing responsibility and complexity in eleven countries on four continents.† He last served abroad as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia (2001-2004). With service as Ambassador to the State of Bahrain, to the Republic of Togo, and to the Republic of Sierra Leone, he has served three presidents. He is fluent in French.

Amb. Young holds a bachelorís degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University. He has received numerous awards, including a Presidential Rank Award in 2004.† In 1990 he was selected by the Philadelphia School Board for the Obermayer Award presented annually to an outstanding graduate of the public school system.†